USC filled one of the openings in its 2015 recruiting class created by two defensive back decommitments by getting a commitment Thursday from safety Toure Boyd (6-1 193) of Chaffey JC, CA. Boyd gives the Gamecocks 28 commitments in the class including the carry overs from last year, and he’s the fifth pledge for the secondary.
Boyd was offered Wednesday by USC secondary coach Grady Brown after all of his academic work passed muster with the university. He was going to go to Boise State out of high school before a two year detour thru junior college, first at the College of the Desert and then at Chaffey.
Boyd grew up in Birmingham before moving to California at age 13 and couldn’t be happier about having the chance to play in a big time program in the SEC.
“I’ve always wanted to play in an elite college system and I picture South Carolina as an elite system,” Boyd said. “It’s always been my dream to play in the SEC so when this opportunity was brought to me, I felt it was a dream come true and a blessing. Me playing behind a coach like Steve Spurrier is just as good as playing behind a coach like Nick Saban. I’m getting this once in a lifetime opportunity to make the most out of my athleticism and the most out of my talent. This is an objective to my ultimate goal. I picture this as a step closer to where I need to be and where I picture myself to be.”
This past season Boyd had 80 tackles, 2 interceptions and he broke up 10 passes. He also blocked 4 kicks. He expects to play safety at USC.
“I’ll bring intensity and I’ll bring a tenacity to the defense, and an attitude to the overall defense,” he said. “I think that’s the most important thing, your mental attitude. You can bring your athleticism. Everybody can be athletic. It’s going to be the SEC. I need to come with a different type of attitude, different type of tenacity when I’m on the field.”
Thursday night Boyd joined us live on SportsTalk to discuss his committment: